Feel Like A Stranger, They Love Each Other-> CC Rider, Cumberland Blues, Mama Tried-> Mexicali Blues, Althea, Cassidy, Loser, The Music Never Stopped Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain-> Playin' In The Band-> Terrapin Station-> Drums-> Not Fade Away-> Black Peter-> Around & Around-> Johnny B
SBD: CM > CASS > DAT > Pro CDR; via Neil Sturvetant; John Martin; Alasdair Macdonald; Seeded to etree by Matt Vernon
October 8, 2018 Subject:
when the devil wants to take it all away
O.K so I am cruising thru the reviews and there is at least one reviewer way down on this show.
So i see a 1/2 hour Scarlet >Fire followed by
almost a 1/2 hour Playin>Terrapin. O.k. i bite pick it up at LOSER and the 1st thing I notice is the Dead are jamming at the pace I experienced Europe 90 at. Namely kicked in the head by a mule.
Now perhaps that is not ideal, but truthfully life on the road is never completely ideal.
It got bizarre for me in a hurry.
Hard to even imagine being in the band and running the gauntlet that is international travel.
Enjoying this show immensely, feeling like Garcia especially is hanging onto the vocals for dear life. Yes, the jams are slow but they are sweet. Althea especially I can see the smoke just rolling off Garcia's ash tray.
Yes,Garcia takes a feisty run during Althea.
It is good to hear Brent with his own distinct groove not just buried under the mix of 1978
MUSIC has some pathetic backing vocals but they are so wretched they make the band laugh. Just makes Weir attack the vocals even harder.
I made the trek up to Sweden in 1990 and trust me I was completely out of sorts. I felt like i was on some other planet. Between the language difference and being way past where I had ever been in the Northern Latitudes. It is a wonder I managed to even dance.
Anyway, I am very much digging on this. Sheeze they are ripping on the MNS jam.
Even Mr. Lesh in their with the drummers.
Scarlet>Fire-A whole different feel to S>F with Brent --also Phil does some great bass exploration. Jam is HOT!
Reading more reviews. Not having any major sound issues, just listening with the headphones, pretty good separation on both vocals and instruments. The boys do seem to give up on some lyrics but they don't lose their place in the flow of the song.
Anyhow, dig the review of the brother from Denmark, sounds to me that he was pretty stoked--DROWN IN YOUR LAUGHTER,,,DEAD TO THE CORE.
September 30, 2016 Subject:
Want a glimpse of how a single lead can set off a fire storm check out the ripping ending to Althea. At the 7 minute 24 seconds portion of Althea. Jerry steps back and lets it fly.
This alone makes the song fun.
January 3, 2016 Subject:
sound quality is better than other reviews stipulate, as is the performance, which is, I'd say, meticulous and somewhat regal. The novelty of Copenhagen in 1981, as well as a worthy show, very much worth a listen. The Music to end the first set and the Scarlet>Fire, Playin' Terrapin are good
October 8, 2014 Subject:
Is nobody noticing the flat playing or out of key singing?
I'm listening to this show right now, and cringing while listening. Sound quality isn't all that great, and they're playing like they're all on quaaludes. Now, I know some people complain about tight shows done in a slower tempo, but this is not one of those cases. I actually enjoy those sets. This one is different, though. Such uninspired playing...
March 31, 2010 Subject:
Very different sound
Much of 80-81 fell into a pattern for me. This seems to break the pattern into a departure from the past 1.5 years. Some of it is very explorative and jammy.
Sound is ok
next night has better sound quality
June 30, 2005 Subject:
a strong show from 81 with a very good scarlet>fire, that is if u like them dripping with pychadelic feavor, sound is not bad ive seen AUDS with worse sound held in higher regard
June 7, 2005 Subject:
One of the best 3's on this site
Sound is not great, that said this is perfect background music for a long project and has exceptional jamming - The reviewers here that praised this show are dead on cumberland, music the first set rocks but it is set II which really crushes it scarlet>fire is long and really drippy with an exceptional playin. This is very definately worth listening to and a 5 easily with a better copy - take it to the bank I have heard hundreds of shows on this site - thanks again LMA!
February 20, 2005 Subject:
I avoided this show due to some comments made about the quality...... Now I'm kicking myself in the ass for that... The sound of this show is typical for this era, sounds fine to me..... Killer preformance on all levels..
January 29, 2005 Subject:
Hi out there
I remember to things from my only GD show in Forum 81. The 3-4 front rows was empty until 5 min before showstart. Then in came the local HA...and then the band arrived. I didn´t knew they was a bikers band, but ok - the drugs that killed some of the boys should come from somone...
The music: I did not connect with the music in the first set. I remember beeing a bit dissapointet. And then came Fire on the mountin...
By hering the show again i understand that Athea and Scarlet had waked me... and then live was GOOD. When GD goes deep into the musick they are god...No the Bedst!!
November 16, 2004 Subject:
Show is great, Soudboard mix sucks
While I think this show has some inspired playing, the soundboard mix of this show is extremely uneven. Jerry's vocals are inaudible on several tracks, Phil's bass and Bob's guitar are just not present, and even Jerry's guitar mix is quite uneven. It almost sounds as if whoever was in charge of recording the show only had a limited amount of channels available, and just tried to make do with what they had; instrument and vocal levels are constantly fluctuating, depending on who has the solo.
There are other shows from the Europe 1981 tour that are mixed much better, especially 10-4-1981 London. I'd look elsewhere for a Europe 1981 show and skip this one. Great musicianship...too bad you can't hear a lot of it.
October 8, 2004 Subject:
No doubt! Undeniably one of the trippiest shows of 81. Check out that second set! Scarlet>Fire is a whopping 30 minutes!!! The drums are very powerful. Excellent jam after Terrapin. Great sound quality. I rarely give 5 star ratings, but this one deserves it...